The lake level was 659.2; planned releases of minimum to moderate generation during the week should cause the lake to rise to 659.5 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 76 degrees; coves are 74 to 78 degrees depending on the time of day. Truman Lake is one and one-half feet under pool.
The Lower Osage is from the dam to the 22-mile mark; Mid-Lake is between the 22 and 38-mile marks; the Upper Osage is between the 38 and the Rt. 65 Bridge.
Excellent around docks, try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley Gulp Crickets or Gulp Earthworm Pieces.
Lower Osage: Fair around docks but most fish are small. Glaize Arm: Excellent around bridge pilings on minnows. Gravois Arm: Fair along docks 5 to 10-feet deep over brush. Mid-Lake: Fair, try trolling Berkley’s Flicker Shad crankbait in front of docks over 15-feet of water. Niangua Arm: Fair, fish are scattered. Try blue-and-white jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Fair, fish are 6 to 10-feet deep over brush, minnows work best. Truman Tailwater: No reported fish.
Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Good on jug lines using skipjack herring. Glaize Arm: Good, try deep coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Good, catching several fish accidentally on bass crankbaits. Mid-Lake: Excellent drifting coves with cut bait on a rod and reel 30 feet deep or jug lines 10 feet deep. Niangua Arm: Good in the evening with traditional baits fished 8 to 10-feet deep. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Good on all traditional baits. Truman Tailwater: Good at night on cut shad or drum.
It took 19.3 pounds to win the IUOE tourney; Big Bass was 6.8 pounds. Kevin Jones won the Jefferson County Hawg Hunters tourney (2 day) with 26.92 pounds; Greg Ray had Big Bass at 6.52 pounds. Staver and Sinn won the Anglers N Action tourney with 21.05 pounds; Austin and Bergman had Big Bass at 6.52 pounds. Lower Osage: Fair to good toward the backs of coves, try surface baits and jigs around docks. Glaize Arm: Good on topwaters and dropshot rigs, fair on 10 inch worms. Gravois Arm: Good on topwaters and dropshot rigs, fair on 10 inch worms. Mid-Lake: Fair to good around docks with jigs. Niangua Arm: Fair, try 10-inch Power Worms in brush. Also, try Rapala DT10’s or Norman’s DD22 at night. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Poor to fair, try soft plastics of bluff walls.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS
Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: No reported fish. Glaize Arm: Fair, watch for them to chase shad on windblown points. Gravois Arm: Some fish are in larger coves, try crankbaits or jerkbaits. Mid-Lake: A few fish on points, try 4-inch Berkley Swim Baits. Niangua Arm: No reported fish. Little Niangua River: Shad are moving into the river, whites should follow soon. Upper Osage: Fair on white Rooster Tails. Truman Tailwater: No reported fish.
Niangua Arm: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Some fish are hitting shallow running crankbaits on points.
Bagnell Dam Tailwater – TBA; Lower Osage – Alhonna Resort (573-365-2634), Big Ed’s Guide Service (573-692-6710); Glaize Arm – Guide Skip Surbaugh (573-365-0006); Midlake and Gravois – Mike Foree @ Osage Beach Bait & Tackle (573-348-9333); Niangua Arm – Darrell Taylor; Upper Osage – Guide John Blankenbeker (573-280-1455); Little Niangua River – Greenmill Campground, (573-363-5577); Upper Osage – Bryants Osage Outdoors, www.osagetackle.com (573-374-2278); Truman Tailwater – Cody’s Bait & Tackle, (660-438-7664); Lake Level (573-365-9205); Tournament Results – Thanks to www.bassinbob.com.